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HAP Comment Letter to DHS on Managed Long-Term Services and Support Discussion Document

July 15, 2015

Secretary Ted Dallas
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
333 Health and Welfare Building
P.O. Box 2675
Harrisburg, PA  17110-2675

SUBJECT:  Managed Long-Term Services and Support (MLTSS) Discussion Document

Dear Secretary Dallas:

On behalf of The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), which represents approximately 240 member institutions, we appreciate the opportunity to provide comments about the managed long-term services and supports (MLTSS) discussion document which will result in a request for proposal (RFP) for long-term care services in the commonwealth.

HAP’s member hospitals and health systems provide services across the continuum of care. In addition to acute care facilities, HAP members include rehabilitation hospitals, behavioral health and long-term care providers, hospice providers, and trauma facilities.

HAP member hospitals and health systems represent a key constituency of health care providers in the MLTSS program as physical health will be provided by the MLTSS program along with behavioral health and long-term care services.

Overall, HAP understands and supports the goals and objectives of the MLTSS program; however, we would caution the department in a few key areas as detailed in our comments. The population targeted for participation in the MLTSS program will need access to a full continuum of health care services.

Individuals in the MLTSS program will have complex health care needs and the managed care organizations selected to participate will need to understand those needs and ensure a robust network is developed to provide necessary health care to the population.

Additionally, the opportunity to fully integration the physical, behavioral, and long-term care services is greatly appreciated. Providers and the payers for the services need to collaborate and integrate in order to effectively treat the whole person.

Thank you for your consideration of HAP’s comments about the discussion document. If you have any questions, contact me at (717) 561-5344, or Norris Benns, vice president, insurance and managed care, at (215) 575-3737.

Sincerely,

Paula A. Bussard
Chief Strategy Officer

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